Armed forces going for gold
7 February 2014
Members of all 3 services are part of Team GB hoping to win medals at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The UK armed forces are well represented at the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, which start today.
In fact, half of the Team GB bobsleigh team is made up of people from the services. The bobsleigh, which sees a fibreglass sled hurtling down a man-made ice track, has 5 armed forces personnel representing Team GB in all of the 3 events.
On the men’s side, the 4-man team will be going all out to win its first bobsleigh medal since 1988. The GB men have also qualified for the 2-man. And on the women’s side there’s a chance of a medal in the 2-woman.
Sergeant John Jackson of the Royal Marines is leading Team GB’s quest for gold at the Winter Olympics. Sergeant Jackson, a physical training instructor, competed in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, and is the pilot of GB1. He said:
To represent Team GB for a second time is a great honour. I’m looking forward to performing on the greatest stage, the highest level of competition, with my teammates.
Left to right: Sergeant John Jackson, Sergeant Lamin Deen and Corporal Paula Walker [Picture: Crown copyright]
There is more, HERE.